From the archives: The Ebb and Flow of the Cycles of Time

astrological transitsby, reposted from 2006.  Mandala by Paul Heussenstam.

As humans, we tend to think that happiness is better than sadness, that good luck is better than bad. We may avoid difficult confrontations and pursue more comfortable situations. When tragedy strikes our well-protected lives, we shout out to our god of choice: “How could you do this to me??” We believe that our birthright is the pursuit of happiness, and we spend our lives trying to protect ourselves from sorrow.

The soul, however, has a different journey. The soul travels an ancient evolutionary path that seeks wisdom and connection with the divine. Often in our desire to defend ourselves from discomfort, we erect barriers within ourselves. Often we become so effective in compartmentalizing our emotions we become cut off from our very selves, our soul and our spirit.

In astrological terms, the orbiting planets form geometric angles to each other as they travel through the solar system, and also to our birthchart planets. We call these movements “transits.” Each transiting planet has its own nature, its own personality and its own purpose—calling upon us as the ancient gods they represent to bring forth something in ourselves that has been lost. The inner planets move quickly: a transit of Venus will encourage relationships and creativity, a transit of Mars demands that we defend ourselves appropriately. Easy Jupiter transits can bring financial opportunity, or liberate us from difficult situations, whereas the challenging transits can cause reckless and risky behavior. The outer, or transpersonal planets, including Saturn which acts as the bridge between the personal planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter) and transpersonal (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto), take much longer to traverse the zodiac and therefore their effects are felt for a longer period of time.

Some periods are harmonious and bring opportunity, and some are difficult and bring challenges and pain. However, hidden in each cycle is a gift that can aid us in our evolutionary journey as individuals and as the human collective.

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By | 2012-04-23T06:44:23+00:00 April 23rd, 2012|Astrology|4 Comments


  1. Judy April 23, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Yes true….being focused and patient to find the lessons in each transition, to listen, see I mean really see beyond the bountaries we seem to create. Yes, this healing process has given me a blessing….time and patiences to see these….lots to learn. Blessing Lynn!

  2. Greg F April 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    It’s sort of like being on a train to an unknown destination, and you go through planetary “tunnels” occasionally. Thanks Lynn.

  3. Tamara April 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Great article – thanks for the simplicity and yet depth. Is there a place to sign up for alerts when you post a new article? Can’t seem to find it. Thanks for all you do Lynn.

    • April 28, 2012 at 6:46 am

      Hi Tamara, I changed the sidebar so that the feed link is easier to find. Click on the orange button and enter your email address. thanks!

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